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Spectropop - Digest Number 990

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There are 7 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

      1. Re: More news and notes
           From: Austin Powell 
      2. Re: Teen-Age Dreams
           From: Mikey 
      3. Tootie & The Bouquets/Alder Ray
           From: John Clemente 
      4. Billy Fury; Badfinger
           From: Michael Edwards 
      5. Re: Roy Orbison at MGM
           From: Jeff Lemlich 
      6. Re: Nilsson - The Point DVD
           From: Roger Smith 
      7. RIP - Ed Townsend
           From: Phil Chapman 


Message: 1
   Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2003 12:28:18 +0100
   From: Austin Powell 
Subject: Re: More news and notes

>From Peter Lerner in reply to Country Paul:
> I believe Shelby was later involved in a 70s outfit 
> called Batteaux - does anyone know any more?
I got a double CD of Shelby Flint on Collector's Choice some 
time back. Contains all her Valiant recordings, I think....
In the sleeve notes which include interviews with SF, there's 
no mention of "Batteaux", unless that's the name of the group 
with which she recorded an early-80's album called "You've been 
On My Mind", but it does mention recordings in a jazzy style on 
Song River Records which must be fairly current (2001/2002) 
Re: Chattahoochee Records. Ruth Conte was President of the label 
that was based in Beverley Hills.  Kim Fowley was involved along 
the line, I believe.  In 1996 the label was listed in Billboard's 
"Buyer's Guide" yearbook as being alive and kicking from a base in 
Sherman Oaks, CA.

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Message: 2 Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2003 12:21:11 -0400 From: Mikey Subject: Re: Teen-Age Dreams Martin: > Just bought my first volume in this series of CDs, > now on the Teenie Weenie Records label. Marty, what volume did you buy? Whats the first song on it? I want to see if this is the same series I have, on Farmer Records. There are several diffent series of stuff like this, all with "Teenage" in the titles. The series I have is excellent. One can go thru all the volumes and put together a 30 track Cd where EVERY track is fantastic. Mikey -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 3 Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2003 11:18:44 -0400 From: John Clemente Subject: Tootie & The Bouquets/Alder Ray Hello All, In answer to Jimmy C.'s questions about Tootie & The Bouquets/Alder Ray: Not much is known about T&B, except that they may be related to the Bouquets on Blue Cat and Mala. I don't know if there's any connection to Little Eva and The Cookies, but I'll check. The first version of "The Conqueror" was recorded by Lorraine & The Socialites, earlier in 1963 and leased to Mercury Records. Songwriter/producer Joe Simmons, possibly a partner in the small Arrawak Record label, wrote the song and produced both versions (I prefer the Socialites version). Simmons also gave us "I Love Him" by The Castanets on TCF. TCF (eventually TCF/Arrawak) handled many Bronx-born artists like The Socialites, The Chantels and Dean Barlow of The Crickets/Bachelors/Montereys. Alder Ray was the lead singer of The Delicates on Challenge ("I Want To Get Married" and "Comin' Down With Love"). Her style is toned down on the Spectoresque "'Cause I Love Him". It is quite possible that Darlene Love was on the session. At that time, she was contracted to Liberty as a session vocalist (The Victorians). Alder Ray has recording on Minit and other labels, I believe billed as Alder Ray Brown. When I first heard "'Cause I Love Him", it was from a reissue compilation LP, the name of which escapes me now. When I finally acquired an original copy, I was disappointed to find out that the opening backing vocals were not present on the original 45. I thought this mix gave the song some extra punch. Therefore, I prefer the reissue mix, where the backing vocals, "do you love him" are heard before the lead comes in. Regards, John Clemente -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 4 Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2003 17:44:12 -0000 From: Michael Edwards Subject: Billy Fury; Badfinger A few weeks' back some members were wondering if "Somebody Else's Girl" by Adam Charles was the same song as taken to #18 in the UK in 1963. I have just played the Adam Charles' song to musica and it is the same song. Given a US release date of March 1963, it was probably the original version. Not that it's the best version. Once again we can only marvel at how adept the Fury camp was at ferreting out these US titles, giving them the Fury treatment and scoring hit after hit in the UK. Bob Montgomery who was Buddy Holly's partner in Buddy And Bob before Holly formed the Crickets wrote "Somebody Else's Girl". More about this at: Bob Montgomery also wrote "Misty Blue", "which in addition to being covered by numerous established artists down the years has enjoyed belated UK chart success in 2002, when the song was covered by amillionsons as "Misti Blu" and given the full dancefloor remix treatment!" Which brings me to an article in the current edition of "Orlando" magazine. They feature 5 former R&R greats who now reside in Central Florida. The most interesting was Barbara Lewis but it was a comment by Mike Gibbins of Badfinger, referring to their song "Without You" that was a #1 for Nilsson in 1971, that caught my eye: > "We threw that one away", smiles Gibbins. "It was filler. Harry > took it to number 1. Mariah Carey did it not too long ago. She > got to number 1 as well. She just bought me a >swimming pool" A nice story when you consider the tragedies that befell some of the members of that group! Enjoy Adam Charles, Mike -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 5 Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2003 13:46:56 -0400 From: Jeff Lemlich Subject: Re: Roy Orbison at MGM Richard Hattersley wrote: > Yeh "Cry Softly Lonely One" is great. > Southbound Jerhico Parkway is another one of my favourites. "Southbound Jericho Parkway" is a remarkable single. It's pretty much a Neon Philharmonic record, but with Roy on vocals instead of Don Gant. Gant moved to the producer's chair for this one, while Tupper Saussy gets credit for the arrangement, which sounds like it hopped off the first Neon Philharmonic album. Jeff Lemlich -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 6 Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2003 13:45:35 -0400 From: Roger Smith Subject: Re: Nilsson - The Point DVD > The comments I've seen on one of the Harry lists indicate that > it's not anything to write home about - basically just a transfer > from video to DVD of the most common version - the Ringo narration. > Yes, it will be on DVD, but that's the ONLY difference. No new > footage, no other versions; it hasn't even been cleaned up. I've been told by Fred Wolf Films and Harry Nilsson's estate that they don't consider the Pacific Family Entertainment DVD and video tape to be legitimate. The DVD and tape are no longer listed at and I've heard that Triumph Marketing has stopped distributing them. BMG Special Products has been working with Fred Wolf and Nilsson's estate on a DVD release of "The Point!" on DVD and I'm sure that it'll be of excellent quality when it's eventually released. -- Roger -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------
Message: 7 Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2003 19:08:21 +0100 From: Phil Chapman Subject: RIP - Ed Townsend Sad that songwriter Ed Townsend passed away on Wednesday. Although he is generally known for his 1958 surprise hit "For Your Love" and Marvin Gaye's "Let's Get It On", he has written many tunes that are familiar to soul fans. One of my favourites is Dee Dee Warwick's "Foolish Fool". I was once listening to this full-tilt in a studio while setting up a Led Zep session, and a rather inebriated John Bonham declared "that's the way I want MY *!$%&* drums to sound!" For detailed obituaries: -------------------[ archived by Spectropop ]-------------------

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